What is the Difference Between Child Abuse and Child Neglect?
Seasoned criminal defense lawyers Attorney Eric T. Kirk in Baltimore have successfully argued that, although either form of conduct is reprehensible, their client’s actions with respect to their children, or wards, does not constitute abuse, but rather neglect. Neglect is defined as a willful failure to provide for the needs of the child, so that a substantial risk of physical or emotional injury is created. A conviction for neglect carries a substantially less severe penalty than for abuse- 5 years as opposed to 25.
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